The 15th edition of the Latin Grammys on Thursday evening will have something for everyone – top hits, a host of longtime stars and a few new acts, crossover and even Cuban artists. Once again, the show will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Univision.
Pairing artists is a favorite tactic for Latin music awards shows, and this Latin Grammys is packed with combos. They include Mexican pop band Camila with Ricky Martin, veteran rocker Carlos Santana with Pitbull – who also joins up with Chris Brown and reggaetonero Wisin (of former duo Wisin & Yandel.) Salsa-pop star and J.Lo-ex Marc Anthony will hook up with Colombia’s beloved Carlos Vives, for their hit Cuando Nos Volvamos a Encontrar.
Enrique Iglesias, together with Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona and musician Descemer Bueno, will do their massive hit Bailando – the same song they rocked for the finale of Iglesias’ October concert at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Colombian rock star Juanes, R&B/bachata newcomer J Balvin and salsa veteran Ruben Blades nominated for a tango album! (see sidebar), will perform.
There’s even a Best New Artist nominee medley, with Aneeka, Pablo Lopez and Mariana Vega.
The top nominees are perpetual rebels Calle 13, whose powerfully radical latest album, MultiViral, earned headlines for their collaboration with WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on the title track – and got nine nominations, including Record and Album of the Year. Expect Calle 13, aka stepbrothers who call themselves Residente and Visitante, to add something unexpected.
The ceremony airs 8-11 p.m. Thursday on Univision (WLTV-Ch. 23). Livestream coverage, with interviews and arrivals, starts at 5 p.m. on latingrammy.com/en-vivo